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93 POINTS - The Connoisseurs Guide"It may go by a generic title, and its stately structure does bring fine claret to ...Read more...
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93 POINTS - The Connoisseurs Guide"It may go by a generic title, and its stately structure does bring fine claret to mind, but its ongoing theems of ripe cherries provide this bottling with an indelible varietal stamp. It gathers more richness from its liberal complement of tantalizing oak, and its unmistakable message of fruit is in no way lessened by the late arrival of tannins. It will prove enjoyable now with richer beef preparations, but it will keep very well and comes with a five-year prognosis of further refinement and complexity.""A Black Cherry Seductress"The marriage of Merlot vines to Carneros clay soils gives, year after year, wines with firm structure and fine tannins. These wines need several years of ageing before reaching maturity.Thanks to the maturity of the grapes, careful fruit sorting and patient fermentation, our HdV Red shows layers of black cherry fruit and a gentle sweetness. The distictive profile give to the immediate drinker a key to appreciate the young wine. The combination of sweet spices, firm tannins and a solid frame of acidity contribute to the long finish of the wine. Like the 2001 Vintage, the 2002 HdV Red will prove its full potential within the next two to ten years.
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